Manifestations: A Poem by Nathanael O’Reilly

The northern lights over the volcanic eruption at Geldingadalir, Fagradalsfjall
Photo by Toby Elliott on Unsplash


I urge like a red lacquered
fingernail tapping a car
window, rat-tat-tat-ing, exclaiming
over there! faster than words

I erupt like Fagradalsfjall
ejecting lava, transforming landscape
blending fire with the northern lights
attracting crowds of photographers

I insist like mustard stains
on sky blue trousers, draw eyes
to upper thighs, inner seams
announce my unwanted presence

I blister like Irish skin
left too long in Australian
sun, swell, burst, ravage, create
carcinomas, scar and heal

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